Definition of abkari in English:

abkari

Pronunciation /abˈkɑːri/

noun

Indian
  • In India: the production and sale of distilled alcoholic drinks; the duty levied on this. Also used allusively with reference to the system of managing the sale of alcohol solely through certain licensed contractors.

Origin

Late 18th century. From Urdu āb-kārī and its etymon Persian āb-kārī distillery, tax on the manufacture or sale of spirituous liquors from āb-kār distiller, wine merchant, cup-bearer (from āb water (from the same Indo-European base as Avestan ap, Sanskrit ap, Early Irish ab river) + -kār, suffix forming agent nouns; ultimately from the same Indo-European base as Avestan kar-, Sanskrit kṛ- to make, produce) + -ī, suffix forming abstract nouns.